Women’s Auxiliary

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The Birmingham Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary- Est. 1962

Organized in 1962, the Women’s Auxiliary has been serving the Greater Birmingham area for over 50 years. This group has tremendous community support and is among the largest in the world.  As a member and volunteer of the Women’s Auxiliary, you will have many opportunities to share your talents and skills, with members of the Women’s Auxiliary providing over 16,000 volunteer hours last year alone. Moreover, you will enjoy a unique camaraderie with many of the active members of the Auxiliary.  Seen by many as the leaders of vital Christmas programs such as the Angel Tree Program, the Auxiliary also plays an important part in the entire range of assistance offered to those in need by the local Greater Birmingham Area Command.  Members participate in arts  & crafts, fundraising events, fellowship, culinary pursuits and many other wonderful volunteer programs. “They are an extraordinary group of ladies,” says Captain Kathy Parker. “They assist with needs at the local Adult Rehabilitation Center, children’s programs, as well as veterans, seniors and all other community outreach programs. In addition to our appointed five standing committees, we have an additional 27 committees. They are talented, professional and most of all a loving group of ladies.”

Membership Information

If you would like to join the Women’s Auxiliary or would like to request more information, please click the link below to fill out an online request or call Darlene Ray at (205) 328.2420.



History of the Women’s Auxiliary of Greater Birmingham

In 1962, 40 women gathered for a doll show, hoping to raise money to help local children. They featured figurines used for distribution to little girls in area hospitals. It was very popular and raised enough funds to buy gifts for boys as well. Thus began the development of a committed community of women that would eventually become the largest Women’s Auxiliary in the world. Under the direction of Mrs. Major Houston Ellis, the city commander’s wife, this organization grew to over 1,300 members. A clear purpose for these women began to emerge that same year when The Salvation Army took over the Mercy Home. It became housing for the homeless and the hub of all Army activities in the Birmingham area. It was evident plenty of needs would have to be met. To secure a strong Auxiliary for the future, their primary purpose became fundraising and volunteer services. Mrs. David Roberts, III served as the first President and had tremendous support from Divisional leaders Colonel and Mrs. Frank Longino, as well as Area Commanders Major and Mrs. Houston Ellis.

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